A Generous Gift

23 March 2007


Margaret MacDougall Carasik first came to Oban from Minnesota for the MacDougall gathering in 2004 and so began her family’s close links with the area. She knew from her sister Ruth’s researches that their great grandfather had been born at Balimakillichan on Lismore in 1803, but when the family visited her nephew Mark McCartin became so enthused about his family’s origins he persuaded them to start a foundation and in Margaret’s words to begin “supporting their heritage”. With 5 family members on the board The MacDougall/MacCallum Foundation in the USA has supported the MacDougall Collection, the restoration of Gylen Castle and it is now the turn of Ionad Naomh Moluag  the new Gaelic heritage Museum on Lismore where they have generously financed a series of etched windows in the exhibition area. The foundation is also planning to offer a scholarship to enable someone to come and research/ work at the Museum for 2 weeks in the summer. The windows alone amount to a donation of £1,500 for which the Comann Eachdraidh Lios Mòr is extremely grateful.


Margaret has visited Oban and Lismore every year since 2004 and this year is helping with the setting up of the Museum in preparation for it’s official opening on 17 March and it’s opening to the public on 2 April from 10-4 daily.

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